The urgent imperative of tackling climate change is rarely associated with the dry science of budgeting and fiscal policy—but it should be. Director of WRI's Governance program Mark Robinson explains.
For the first time, loss and damage now resides within the international climate agreement as a standalone concept. It springs from the reality that there are some climate change impacts that cannot be adapted to—impacts that are so severe that they leave in their wake permanent or significantly damaging effects.
The new Paris Agreement places unprecedented importance on actions needed to help people adapt to a warmer world, and solidifies expectations that all countries will do their part to promote greater climate resilience.
Countries are at different stages of development, with different levels of capabilities. This reality must be considered when building a low-carbon and climate-resilient world.
Experts explain how the Paris Agreement can send a strong signal that the most vulnerable countries will be supported, and that investors need to align portfolios for the inevitable zero-carbon future.
Climate adaptation is an important part of the discussion at COP21, since climate change is already hitting some parts of the world hard. Here are some key questions and answers about adaptation's role at this pivotal climate conference.
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The private sector generates more than 60 percent of gross domestic product, and micro and small enterprises in developing countries provide around 60 percent of all jobs. So boosting businesses’ resiliency is critical for boosting community resiliency.
A new report shows how civil society groups can track the flow of adaptation funds and ensure money is used productively.
In Paris today, a coalition of more than a dozen African countries, nine financing organizations and 10 technical partners announced a new initiative called the African Restoration Initiative (AFR100), with the goal of restoring 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Africa by 2030.
"Today, as negotiators haggle over the details of a climate agreement in Paris, my home town in southern India is literally underwater," says Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, WRI India's Adaptation Strategy Head for Climate Resilience Practice. "Chennai has seen 17 days straight of rain, precisely the kind of extreme weather event that experts say will only become more common in a warming world."
While much of climate change discussion focused on critical issues of reducing emissions to avoid dangerous levels of warming, it is important to remember that warming is already happening, and that it contributes to worsening drought, floods, extreme weather and other serious impacts. Encouragingly, action to adapt to these impacts are also part of the discussion at the Paris climate talks currently underway.
The Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund are unique in that they provide climate finance directly to national institutions in developing nations. Here’s how countries can meet the Funds’ requirements to help finance mitigation and adaptation activities.
Climate finance is essential for enabling developing countries to both reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the impacts of a warming world. Watch for six signs over the next two weeks to see how COP 21 makes progress in this area.
Nearly 90 percent of countries that submitted new climate action plans included an adaptation component, reflecting the growing importance nations are placing on resilience in their response to climate change.
Mayors from across the U.S. political spectrum will gather in New Hampshire later this month to discuss ways to help their communities deal with rising seas, recurring coastal floods and the need for more leadership and support at the state and national levels.
Indian industrialist and philanthropist Jamshyd Godrej discusses sustainable business opportunities in an interview with WRI's vice president for Communications.
Case studies from 21 agriculture projects across India show opportunities for change at scale